Star of the Show Ingredients:
Brown Rice – A great gluten free complex carbohydrate rich in fibre and protein as which balance the carbohydrates in it. Did you know brown rice is particularly rich in Vitamin B6 and the mineral manganese as well as B1. B3 and magnesium?
Carrots are rich in beta carotene the pre-cursor to vitamin A. Your body needs vitamin A for proper vision, immune function, reproductive health, cell formation and cell communication. They also contain fibre, Vitamin K and potassium.
Turmeric contains curcumin a phytonutrient that have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
1 ½ cups pre-soaked and cooked brown rice
4 large carrots peeled and cut into ½ inch slices
1/4 cup chopped coriander stalks
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon turmeric for carrots, ½ teaspoon turmeric for rice
1 tablespoons chopped walnuts
¼ cup raisins (optional)
Chopped parsley / coriander to garnish
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
3 tablespoons Extra olive oil
Pre-heat oven to 200C.
Cook Brown rice in a rice cooker with the addition of ½ teaspoon of turmeric and leave to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile put carrots, coriander stalks, olive oil and all the spices in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix so that carrots are coated. Line a baking tray with paper and spread carrots out on it. Roast in oven for 30 mins or until tender, then leave to cool.
For the dressing: whisk all the ingredients together. Pour over rice (you will not need all of it so pour and mix in as you go) and add in roasted carrots, raisins and sprinkle with coriander, parsley and walnuts.
Serve as a side dish with grilled fish or meat or as a main meal on itself with the addition of some crumbled goats cheese. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for a day or 2.